The Federal Government has approved the concession of a new generation of communication equipment developed by the National Space Research and Development (NASRDA) to address the challenges of rain attenuation on radio signals which has been a major challenge to microwave satellite communication at frequencies above gigahertz
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Head, Media and Corporate Communications of (NASRDA), Dr Felix Ale said the concession of the project which is over a 15-year period will be carried out by the NASRDA, in partnership with a leading global satellite communication equipment developer, Gilat Satellite Network and Gleo technology.
He said the project was necessitated by the interest shown by the Satellite Network to commercialisation some of NASRDA research results on the atmospheric effect on radio wave propagation across Nigeria.
Dr Ale noted that the project would meet the aspiration of the government to provide up to 90% of Nigerians with fast, affordable, reliable, uninterrupted, and high-speed fixed broadband internet at a price not more than N390 per 1GB of data by the year 2025, in accordance with the fulfillment of Presidential Executive Order No. 5.
In addition, the project will increase the fixed broadband penetration for Nigeria from its current abysmal level of Zero point 0.2% to a minimum of 30%.
This will help in job creation, closing technology gaps, increasing revenue generation for the nation, and enhancing Nigeria’s global recognition in the field of communication equipment manufacturing for improved security across Nigeria.
Writing by Rabi Momoh; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Muzha Kucha